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On the heels of “Damn Near Normal,” the first preview of forthcoming new music from genre-disrupting force Koe Wetzel, MusicRow’s “Texas native making his own rules” now unleashes “9 Lives (Black Cat).” Listen HERE and watch the accompanying visualizer HERE.

There’s a storm brewing in a pool hall down in Houston/where some poor old boy’s bout to get his teeth knocked out,” Wetzel growls in the very first lyric of the high-octane track. Arriving with an ominous piano intro, the song explodes into a chest-thumping declaration of defiance. Yes, the narrator may have burned through eight lives so far — succumbing to pitfalls ranging from a drug dealer to a rodeo bull — but he dares you to “put the black cat down.”

 "I always like hitting the listener right in the nose,” Wetzel says. “‘9 Lives’ is a straight-up rock song, man. I’m influenced by so many genres of music, but with this record, I found myself going back to the Texas country and classic rock that I grew up listening to.


Written by Wetzel alongside producer Gabe Simon (Lana Del Rey, Noah Kahan, Dua Lipa) and Amy Allen (Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Harry Styles), “9 Lives” contains a solid helping of what he calls the “rocky nasty shit” on which he’s built his career, offsetting the vulnerability of “Damn Near Normal” and sharing as a preview of the balanced and wide-ranging juxtaposition of music he’s excited to continue sharing with fans.

9 lives Koe Wetzel


Damn Near Normal World Tour Dates:

July 27             The Woodlands, Texas  ||  Cynthia Woods Pavilion 

Aug. 7              Missoula, Mont.  ||  Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater 

Aug. 8              Nampa, Idaho  ||  Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater 

Aug. 9              Sandy, Utah  ||  Sandy Amphitheater 

Aug. 10            Las Vegas, Nev.  ||  The Theater at Virgin Hotel Hotels Las Vegas 

Aug. 15            Minneapolis, Minn.  ||  The Armory 

Aug. 16            Council Bluffs, Iowa  ||  Stir Cove (Harrah’s Casino) 

Aug. 21            Cleveland, Ohio  ||  Jacobs Pavilion 

Aug. 22            Columbus, Ohio  ||  KEMBA Live! Outdoor 

Aug. 23            Pittsburgh, Pa.  ||  Stage AE Outdoors

Aug. 24            Washington, D.C.  ||  The Anthem 

Aug. 28            Boston, Mass.  ||  Roadrunner 

Aug. 29            Uncasville, Conn.  ||  Mohegan Sun Arena 

Aug. 30            Atlantic City, N.J.  ||  Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena 

Aug. 31            Reading, Pa.  ||  Santander Arena 

Sept. 4              Charleston, W.V.  ||  Charleston Coliseum 

Sept. 5              Roanoke, Va.  ||  Berglund Center 

Sept. 6              Columbia, S.C.  ||  Colonial Life Arena 

Sept. 7              Cary, N.C.  ||  Koka Booth Amphitheatre 

Sept. 12            Kansas City, Kan.  ||  Azura Amphitheater 

Sept. 13            Camdenton, Mo.  ||  Ozarks Amphitheater 

Sept. 18            St. Louis, Mo.  ||  Chaifetz Arena 

Sept. 20            Huntsville, Ala.  ||  The Orion Amphitheater 

Sept. 21            Macon, Ga.  ||  Atrium Health Amphitheater 

Sept. 25            Alexandria, La.  ||  Rapides Parish Coliseum 

Sept. 26            Tuscaloosa, Ala.  ||  Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater 

Sept. 27            Nashville, Tenn.  ||  Ascend Amphitheater 

Sept. 28            Little Rock, Ark.  ||  First Security Amphitheater 

Oct. 3               Pikeville, Ky.  ||  Appalachian Wireless Arena 

Oct. 4               Indianapolis, Ind.  ||  Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park 

Oct. 5               Evansville, Ind.  ||  Ford Center 

Oct. 10             Abilene, Texas  ||  Expo Center of Taylor County 

Oct. 11             Lubbock, Texas  ||  Cooks Garage 

Oct. 13             Morrison, Colo.  ||  Red Rocks Amphitheatre 

Oct. 26             Manchester, U.K.  ||  Academy 3

Oct. 27             London, U.K.  ||  The Garage

Oct. 30             Glasgow, U.K.  ||  Oran Mor

Oct. 31             Birmingham, U.K.  ||  Academy 2

Nov. 1              Leeds, U.K.  ||  Brudenell Social Club

Nov.3               Amsterdam, Netherlands  ||  Melkweg (Oude Zaal)

Nov. 5              Hamburg, Germany  ||  Bahnhof Pauli

Nov. 6              Berlin, Germany  ||  Frannz Club

Nov. 7              Cologne, Germany  ||  Club Volta

Nov. 10            Stockholm, Sweden  ||  Nalen

Nov. 11            Oslo, Norway  ||  Rockefeller Music Hall

Nov. 13            Copenhagen, Denmark  ||  Lille Vega

Additional Shows:

April 12            Gonzales, Texas  ||  Cattle Country Fest

April 14            Florence, Ariz.  ||  Country Thunder Arizona

April 17            Los Angeles, Calif.  ||  YouTube Theater

April 18            Bakersfield, Calif.  ||  Dignity Health Amphitheatre

April 19            Paso Robles, Calif.  ||  Vina Robles Amphitheatre

April 20            San Diego, Calif.  ||  Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

May 10             Daytona Beach, Fla.  ||  Welcome to Rockville

May 11             Roma, Ga.  ||  Rock The Country

May 18             Gulf Shores, Ala.  ||  Hangout Music Festival

June 21            Grand Junction, Colo.  ||  Country Jam

June 29            Poplar Bluff, Mo.  ||  Rock The Country

July 18             Twin Lakes, Wis.  ||  Country Thunder Wisconsin

July 26             Arlington, Texas  ||  AT&T Stadium (with Morgan Wallen)

July 31             Davenport, Iowa  ||  Mississippi Valley Fair

Aug. 1              Detroit Lakes, Minn.  ||  WE Fest

Aug. 3              Sweet Home, Ore.  ||  Oregon Jamboree Music Festival

Aug. 4              George, Wash.  ||  Watershed Festival

Aug. 17            Wichita, Kan.  ||  Bulls, Bands and Barrels

Sept. 19            Louisville, Ky.  ||  Bourbon & Beyond



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